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With the Help of Dijkstra’s Law, Intel’s Mark Seager is Changing the Scientific Method

Our in-depth series on Intel architects continues with this profile of Mark Seager, a key driver in the company’s mission to achieve Exascale performance on real applications. “Creating and incentivizing an exascale program is huge. Yet more important, in Mark’s view, NCSI has inspired agencies to work together to spread the value from predictive simulation. In the widely publicized Project Moonshot sponsored by Vice President Biden, the Department of Energy is sharing codes with the National Institutes of Health to simulate the chemical expression pathway of genetic mutations in cancer cells with exascale systems.”

Video: Adoption Trends for Solid State in Big Data Sites

Bret Weber from DDN presented this talk at the 2016 MSST Conference. “SSDs and all flash arrays are being marketed as a panacea. This may be true if you’re a small to medium enterprise that simply needs more performance for email servers or wants to speed-up just a few hundred VMs. But, for Enterprise At-scale and High Performance Computing environments, identifying and removing I/O bottlenecks is much more complex than simply exchanging spinning disk drives with flash devices. Aside from performance – efficiency, scalability and integration are also critical success factors in larger and non-standard environments. In this domain, selecting a partner with the tools, technology and experience to holistically examine and optimize your entire I/O path can deliver orders of magnitude greater acceleration and competitive advantage to your organization.”

BeeGFS Certified on Intel Omni-Path at 12GB/s per server

Today ThinkParQ from Germany announced certification of BeeGFS over Intel Omni-Path Architecture (OPA). “Without a doubt, Intel has made a big leap in performance with the new 100Gbps OPA technology compared to previous interconnect generations,” said Sven Breuner, CEO of ThinkParQ. “The fact that we didn’t need to modify even a single line of the BeeGFS source code to deliver this new level of throughput, confirms that the BeeGFS internal design is really future-proof.”

Interview: Ken Claffey on Seagate HPC Innovation On Deck at ISC 2016

“One of the benefits of our ClusterStor modular architecture is its flexibility – we can deliver a very comparable performance with either Lustre or Spectrum Scale on the same extensible architecture. There are two key reasons for that balance of performance and flexibility. Firstly, we have a unique scale out storage architecture with a distributed processing model, meaning you’re not tied to a centralized legacy RAID controller hardware. Secondly, there is no proprietary hardware or RAID firmware in the system. All the software runs in a standard Linux environment, so we are able to take our software stack and it is really agnostic as to whether we are running with Lustre or SS.”

Mellanox Introduces BlueField SoC Programmable Processors

Today Mellanox announced the BlueField family of programmable processors for networking and storage applications. “As a networking offload co-processor, BlueField will complement the host processor by performing wire-speed packet processing in-line with the network I/O, freeing the host processor to deliver more virtual networking functions (VNFs),” said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at the Linley Group. “Network offload results in better rack density, lower overall power consumption, and deterministic networking performance.”

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Adds Persistent Memory to Server Portfolio

“As the industry’s leading server vendor, HPE is committed to bringing new infrastructure innovations to the market that enable organizations to derive more value from their data,” said Vikram K, Director, Servers, Hewlett Packard Enterprise India. “We are delivering on that commitment by delivering a complete Persistent Memory hardware and software ecosystem into our server portfolio, as well as high-performance computing enhancements that will allow customers to increase agility, protect critical information and deliver new applications and services more quickly than ever before.”

Lustre and ZFS to Power New Parallel File System at LLNL

Today RAID Inc. announced a contract to provide Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a custom parallel file system solution for its unclassified computing environment. RAID will deliver a 17PB file system able to sustain up to 180 GB/s. These high performance, cost-effective solutions are designed to meet LLNL’s current and future demands for parallel access data storage.

Full Listing of Ancilliary Events at ISC 2016

With ISC 2016 coming up in June, a number of ancillary events have been scheduled in Frankfurt to take advantage of this annual gathering of over 2500 supercomputing professionals. We’ve compiled a full listing for what looks to be an exciting week in the history of high performance computing.

Video: Whither Hard Disk Archives?

In this video from the 2016 MSST Conference, Dave Anderson from Seagate presents: Whither Hard Disk Archives? The talk was part of a panel discussion on Data-intensive Workflows.

Teratec Forum to Spotlight HPC and IoT

The TERATEC Forum 2016 will host a June 29 workshop on HPC, Connected Objects, and IoT Infrastructures. The full event takes place June 28-29 in Palaiseau, France. “Many innovations and new generation systems are based on connected things equipped with massive instrumentation and integrated within Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) infrastructure. This workshop will be focused on new HPC software and infrastructure technologies integrated within these future global smart systems.”